Class Notes



Hobo Sapien by Wayne Iverson.

Wayne Iverson, Norman, Okla., has had his book Hobo Sapien: Freight Train Hopping Tao and Zen, published by Robert D. Reed Publishers. His book, a series of freight train parables born from his experiences riding the rails, along with lessons from his years as a Self-Realization Fellowship monk, includes fascinating railroad history.

Carla Stehr, Normandy Park, a fisheries biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, has an exhibit of her Pacific marine life images on display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The exhibit, "Sea Unseen," features highly magnified photographs of fish scales and sensory cells, diatoms and other intricate structures and sea creatures that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The images were photographed through a scanning electron microscope, which can magnify images up to 300,000 times. Stehr's photographs have helped the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) advance scientific knowledge of fish development, harmful algal blooms, and the effects of contaminants on marine organisms.


Kerry Cobb, Portland, Ore., was named marketing coordinator of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. She was previously director of marketing and communications at the Portland Japanese Garden, owned a marketing consulting business, and served in several management roles, including president and chief operating officer at JK Advertising.


Jeff Barton, Beaverton, Ore., was appointed interim minister at First United Church of Christ in Portland and is committed to helping the church create a vision for the future. He earned a degree from Denver's Iliff School of Theology, and has served in United Church of Christ programs and congregations in several states as pastor, campus minister, associate pastor and senior minister. He has two children, Jed and Katie.

Carol Clark, New Orleans, La., is superintendent at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. She tells us, "I love the city, culture, the preserve, the wetlands and the music. The continuing recovery from Katrina and the BP oil spill has only increased my desire to preserve and protect the natural and cultural treasures that surround the national park sites for which I am responsible. I do miss the mountains of home, though! Laissez les bons temps rouler!" (Cajun for Let the good times roll!)

Barb (Barbo) Holland, Faber, Va., is an organic farmer, growing vegetables in the winter in Nelson County, Virginia. She has two sons, 22-year-old Wren and 18-year-old Raven.


Genevieve (Meguel-Misha Miller) Plotnick, Juneau, Alaska, and David J. Plotnick '77, her spouse of 32 years, both licensed professional counselors, opened a counseling business in Juneau. They still paint and write and enjoy spending time with their 4-year-old grandson.

Mark Haskell Smith, Los Angeles, Calif., is an assistant adjunct professor in the MFA creative writing program at the Palm Desert Graduate Center of the University of California, Riverside. His fourth novel, Baked, (Grove/Atlantic) is in bookstores now and he is busy writing Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers and the Race for the Cannabis Cup, a nonfiction book for Broadway Books.


Walter Carpenter, Montpelier, Vt., is a member of the Vermont Workers' Center "Healthcare Is A HumanRight" campaign. He is the media coordinator for the Central Vermont region and was heavily involved with getting Vermont's new landmark health care bill (S.88) passed in May 2010.

Sylvia Fuerstenberg, Bellevue, is executive director of The Arc of King County, the oldest non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in the Greater Puget Sound area, and one of the oldest such organizations in the U.S.


Leonard Brennan, Kingsville, Texas, is in his 10th year as a professor in the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he holds the C.C. Winn Endowed Chair in the Richard M. Kleberg Jr. Center for Quail Research. His fourth book, Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to their Foods and Habitat (University of Texas Press), was published in September 2010.

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Donna (Goodman) Maltz.

Donna (Goodman) Maltz, Homer, Alaska, and husband Kevin received the Small Business Administration's 2010 Alaska Small Business Owners of the Year Award for their Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery & Café. Donna started in 1982 with a six-loaf bread oven on a homemade trailer she towed behind a van from Olympia after her Evergreen graduation. The Maltzs also run A Memorable Experience Bed and Breakfast and Cottage, and Ah!laska, a line of organic chocolate products.


Lynne Yamamoto's work.

Lynne Yamamoto's work.

Lynne Yamamoto, Northampton, Mass., exhibited her art show, "Genteel," at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle from Aug. to October. An assistant professor at Smith College in Northampton, she teaches 3-D design and installation art. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows throughout the U.S. and is in many collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.


Kurt Batdorf, Mount Vernon, was named community business editor of the Snohomish County Business Journal, replacing the paper's founding editor. An experienced journalist and editor, Kurt helped start the Skagit River Post and later incorporated that paper with the Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times. He was editor of the Monroe Monitor and the North Snohomish Weekly in Arlington. He is also editor of the Northwest Sports Car News for the Northwest Region of the Sports Car Club of America.


Steven Miller, Santa Fe, N.M., performed a concert of his new and recent electro-acoustic works at The Santa Fe Complex in June, using a laptop, custom software, game controllers, and homemade electronics. A founding member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, Steven has a background in composition and performance, sonic arts, acoustic ecology, and a variety of non-western music. He has performed in a variety of solo and ensemble contexts throughout the U.S. and Southeast Asia, and performances and radio broadcasts of his music have occurred in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.


Michele Campione, Dallas, Ore., is volunteer coordinator for the Dallas Area Senior Center, and for the Dallas Inter-Community Activities Network (ICAN), a nonprofit that provides after-school and community programs in art, science, dance and music for area youth, adults and seniors. Last spring, her husband, Carmine Campione '94, launched Dallas Nursery, a business that grew out of creating hanging baskets to raise funds for Michele's organization and other local groups.

Cheryl Sesnon, Seattle, received the 2010 SBA "Home-Based Business Champion of the Year Award" for both Washington state and the four-state Wash./Ore./Idaho/Alaska region. She is executive director of Washington CASH, a micro-finance and micro-enterprise training organization in Seattle, and is on the board of directors of the Washington State Microenterprise Alliance and is the board president of the Seattle chapter of Les Dames d' Escoffier, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. She was executive director of FareStart, a food-industry job training program for the homeless in Seattle.


Burke Anderson, Olympia, was presented with the "2010 Innovator" – Changes Making a Difference Award from the Olympia School District. Burke teaches science at Reeves Middle School.

Robert Halpern, San Francisco, Calif., was hired as an assistant professor of English language and literature at Eastern Michigan University. Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute. He earned his doctorate in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Mark Musser, Olympia, published his book, Nazi Oaks, this year. A graduate of the master of divinity program at Western Seminary in Portland, Mark is pastor of the Grace Redeemer Bible Church in Olympia. He and his wife and three children, were a missionary family in the former Soviet Union for seven years.

Mark Swenson, Amsterdam, is director of customer management applications for the Europe, Middle East and Africa business of the Teradata Corporation, an international data warehousing company. Mark moved to Amsterdam last winter and travels throughout the region he covers for his work, including Denmark, Spain, Bangladesh, Israel and Tunisia.

Sidonie M. Wilson MiT ‘93, Port Townsend, enjoys combining fun with learning as the educator of the art & culture and culinary group programs at the Olympic Hostel in Fort Worden State Park. Her cooking classes feature a cultural history component that explains the origin and significance of the dishes prepared in class.


David Wagner, Phoenix, Ariz., was recently hired as the first director of college counseling at Rancho Solano Preparatory School in Glendale, Ariz. He has taught at the middle and high school levels, served as a high school director and spent 12 years working at colleges. Most recently he served as the senior associate director of admissions for Hampshire College. He earned a Master in Teaching degree at Seattle University. 1991


Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso.

Megan Kelso, Seattle, published her new graphic novel, Artichoke Tales (Fantagraphics Books), in July 2010.


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Rock Candy, by Jenifer Rae Vernon.

Jenifer Rae Vernon, Juneau, Alaska, received the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing, which recognizes the best published book that honors the "voices, experiences, and perspective of working-class people" in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Jenifer won the award for her poetry debut, Rock Candy (West End Press, 2009). The award was presented at the "How Class Works" conference at SUNY Stony Brook in June. An assistant professor of communications at the University of Alaska Southeast, Jenifer earned a master's degree in international studies from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.

Brendan Williams, Olympia, has taken a top policy position with the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. He served three terms as a member of the House of Representatives (22nd district). A past executive director of the Washington Health Care Association, he earned his M.A. in criminal justice from Washington State University and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Brendan and his wife, Nicole, have one son, Blake.


Sunny (Ayotte) Mulholland, Tukwila, added five members to her family this year. She gained three stepchildren, Alyssa, John and Chessa, when she married Bret Mulholland in January, and their first grandchild, Cheyenne Rose, was born in May. She has two sons, 11-year-old Eli and 9-year-old Max, and works for a local magazine distributor. She is going back to school to get her editing certificate. She and her husband just bought a house in Tukwila.

Ken Cheney, Bellevue, is vice president of business development for Likewise Software, with responsibility for technology licensing, corporate development and business development. Prior to joining Likewise last April, he served as director of products for the software organization at HP.


Leah Hole-Curry, J.D., Olympia, was appointed to the Board of Governors of the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a nonprofit organization established by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to assist patients, clinicians, purchasers and policymakers in making informed health decisions. Leah is the program director for the Health Technology Assessment program of the Washington State Health Care Authority.


Jeff Kotanchick, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was recently hired as a leadership practitioner in the Leadership Development Center at Saudi Aramco.


Carla Barrett, Astoria, N.Y., took an assistant professor position in the sociology department at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She earned her M.A. in sociology at The New School, and her Ph.D. in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Teresa Carmody, Los Angeles, Calif., is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press, a nonprofit literary publisher of innovative poetry and prose. Les Figues is curating "Not Content," a series of text projects at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) as part of LACE's yearlong initiative Public Interest. "Not Content" brings together an international group of writers who investigate the ways in which language functions within public and private spheres and within the tenuous space between these real and imagined realms.

Nikki (Robbins) Levine, Berkeley, Calif., recently gave birth to twin girls, Sadie and Mia, sisters to Lukas. Nikki is a professional photographer focusing on raising the bar in school portraiture.

Jodi Smith, Crescent Mills, Calif., started Naked Whale Research, a nonprofit research organization in Eureka, Calif., dedicated to protecting and collecting data about the endangered southern resident population of killer whales that frequent Pacific Northwest coastal waters.

Steve Sullivan, San Francisco, Calif., was named vice president of digital supply chain and revenue solutions for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He was recognized with an IAB Service Excellence Award in 2009 and has served on IAB committees since 2005. Formerly a senior program manager with Microsoft Online Services Division, Steve will lead the new IAB West Coast office.

Grady L. Williamson, Austin, Tex., joined the litigation department of the Austin office of the law firm, Kemp Smith. Her practice focuses primarily on medical malpractice and health law. Previously, she was an associate with the Austin firm, Davis & Wilkerson. She earned her J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, DRI, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Austin Young Lawyers Association.


Andrea Caupain MPA ‘04, Renton, was honored with a 40 Under 40 Award from the Puget Sound Business Journal "for showing dynamic leadership in the non-profit community." Andrea is executive director of the Central Area Motivation Program that provides social services to a diverse population in urban King County. Previously, she worked for the Washington State Commission on African-American Affairs, providing analysis and development on strategic legislative projects. Her work has also involved legislative casework for the Washington State House of Representatives.

Reb Pearl, Belmont, Mass., started a new job as the senior climate change policy advisor at the international humanitarian relief organization Oxfam America.


Samuel Barclay Dodge, Brooklyn, N.Y., married Heather Rose Paulson in Aug. at the Mountain Meadow Inn in Helena, Mont. He is pursuing a master's degree in public policy and administration at Columbia University. An associate staff analyst for the New York City Department of Homeless Services, he helps oversee the department's outreach programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Previously, he was director of outreach and organizing at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco.

Megan Doherty, New Haven, Conn., celebrated her commitment to her partner, Lital Ruderman, under a Jewish wedding canopy in Seattle last March. They moved from Tel Aviv to New Haven, where Megan began her new job as senior Jewish fellow and associate rabbi at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Megan completed her studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007 and moved to Tel Aviv, where she served as a spiritual director in the college's Israel program and taught at the Institute for Overseas Leaders at Kiryat Moriah in Jerusalem.

Rabia Gibbs, Knoxville, Tenn., is serving as a 2010-13 Diversity Resident at the University of Tennessee Libraries. She earned her M.Ed. in elementary education from Arcadia University. She received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a member of the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists.

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Jen Kingfisher

Jen (Jennifer Westenberg) Kingfisher, Port Townsend, is a marine program educator with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center at Fort Worden State Park, where she started as an intern while at Evergreen. Previously, she was an environmental educator at Whiskeytown Environmental School in northern California, and at the Olympic Park Institute in Olympic National Park. She earned a master's degree in biology from Humboldt State University, and taught botany and biology at Humboldt State and College of the Redwoods. She lives in Port Townsend with her husband and her 3-year-old daughter.



Good Dog 101 by Christine Dahl.

Christine (Dew) Dahl, Seattle, founded SoundPuppy, an all-puppy school, and Seattle Dogworks, a canine training facility, after earning her certificate in training and counseling from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. In 2007, her first book, Good Dog 101: Easy Lessons to Train your Dog the Happy, Healthy Way, was published by Sasquatch Books. In 2006, she founded the Seattle School of Canine Studies, Washington's only licensed private school specializing in the study of canine behavior.

Jeff Reagan (MiT), Lacey, and his broadcasting students at Timberline High School, received an honorable mention for their broadcast news show at the 2010 Washington Journalism Education Association competition.

Jessica (O'Keefe) Taylor, Walla Walla, loves her new job as a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Walla Walla.


Jenn Bowman, Seattle, supports first-generation, low-income students and people of color in her position as community engagement officer for the Northwest Education Loan Association Center for Student Success, a nonprofit student loan guarantor that works to enhance postsecondary education access and success. She earned her master's degree in social work with a focus on community practice and policy from the University of Washington in 2008.

Ashley Rupp (MiT), Olympia, received the 2010 Dick Williams Award, which honors outstanding contributions to multiculturalism and diversity in the North Thurston Public Schools. It is the highest award given by the district for diversity education. Ashley teaches art at Evergreen Forest Elementary School in Lacey.


LaRond Baker, Seattle, was a student speaker at the University of Washington School of Law 2010 commencement ceremony, during which she received her law degree.


Leslie Hatfield, Brooklyn, N.Y., is the primary blogger of Ecocentric, a blog about food, water and energy published by the nonprofit GRACE Communications Foundation, which promotes the development of sustainable food production. She has also contributed to AlterNet, The Huffington Post and The Ethicurean and served as lead author of the publication Cultivating the Web: High Tech Tools for the Sustainable Food Movement. She will return to Evergreen in Spring 2011 to teach a two-credit, weekend-intensive course on food policy and digital activism for the M.P.A. program.

Emerson Murphy-Hill, Raleigh, N.C., won his second ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering in 2010 for a paper he presented last May at the International Conference on Software Engineering in Cape Town, South Africa. Emerson earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Portland State University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He was recently hired as an assistant professor of computer science at North Carolina State University.

Samuel Damon Terpstra, Portland, Ore., married Lindsay Dickinson '04, in June 2010. They are both in graduate school: Sam is a 2011 J.D. candidate at Lewis & Clark Law School, focusing on environmental law; Lindsay is in her final year pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Sam is editor-in-chief of the Lewis & Clark law review, Environmental Law.


Abram Bender, Seattle, graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law with a criminal law focus and was admitted to the Washington State Bar. He works for the Seattle law firm, Stokes Lawrence, P.S.

Tara Bodgon (MiT), Olympia, was noted in The Olympian for an innovative, service-oriented math lesson she taught as a student teacher at Nisqually Middle School in which students collected pledges for a class walk-a-thon. The class donated the money they raised to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Kristin Henderson, Purcellville, Va., is a biological science technician with the United States Department of Agriculture in Frederick, Md.

Evan James, Bainbridge Island, a freelance writer, was accepted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He was looking forward to beginning the two-year residency program this fall to earn his M.F.A. in fiction.

Matthew Winchell, Honolulu, Hawaii, was accepted to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and is working toward an M.A. degree in Asian studies with a focus on Korea.


Katie Baydo-Reed (MiT), Olympia, a teacher at Olympic View Elementary School in Lacey, was recently published in Rethinking Schools magazine. Her article, "Learning about the Unfairgrounds: a 4th-Grade Teacher Introduces Her Students to Executive Order 9066," is about the internment of Japanese Americans at the Puyallup Fairgrounds during World War II.

Sean Michael Leonard, Seattle, was awarded a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in June 2010.


Adeena Chamberlain, Olympia, presented an art unit about Ray and Charles Eames and their "House of Cards," at the 2009 "Artstime, All the Time" conference.

Joe Dispenza, Olympia, earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. He runs a chiropractic clinic near Olympia, is a member of Who's Who in America, an honorary member of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and the recipient of a Clinical Proficiency Citation for clinical excellence in doctor-patient relationships.

Kendra Hadlock, Portland, Ore., moved back to the Northwest this year after graduating from the Pratt Institute in New York City with an M.S. in library and information science.

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Eddie Sumlin.

Eddie Sumlin, Gig Harbor, launched a two-month intensive series of urban arts workshops this past summer through Fab-5 L.I.F.E., a community-based arts & education organization he established that facilitates programs to empower youth and provide them with opportunities to participate in the improvement of their communities. The workshops provided students with opportunities to explore their voices and creativity through DJ-ing and music production, breakdancing and graffiti arts.


Bec Giffen (MiT), Lacey, a sixth-grade art instructor at Meadows Elementary School in Lacey received the "Kids are Growing" grant from the Washington State Potato Commission. The school was awarded a greenhouse and $1,000 to help build a schoolyard garden.


Karen Kincy, Snohomish, had her first novel, Other, debut from Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide, in July. This modern fantasy set in Washington state is based on Karen's hometown of Snohomish.

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Dixon McReynolds, III.

Dixon McReynolds, III, Olympia, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has been accepted into the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the first graduate school in the nation offering a master of public service degree.